Carnation Bulborb

From Pikmin Fanon
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Carnation Bulborb The icon used to represent this enemy.
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Appearance in Hey! Pikmin's files.
Family Grub-dog (assumed)

The Carnation Bulborb is a prototype bulborb found in the files of Hey! Pikmin. It resembles a typical bulborb, but has beady black eyes, is mostly pink in color except for the white spots on its rump, and lacks eyestalks, fangs, and legs.

In fanon games

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In Pikmin: Decayed Leaf

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"You… your evil subordinate, your greedy boss, and this invasive Pikmin infestation will all die here TODAY!!"
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Carnation Bulborb The icon used to represent this enemy.
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Scientific name Ichthyosa kageyamii
Family Grub-dog
Carry weight 7
Max. carriers 14
Seed worth 3
Poko value P2 Poko icon.png × 12
Attacks Eats and flattens Pikmin
What a strange creature. It’s best for us to leave it sleeping... – The ship, upon discovering the Carnation Bulborb

The Carnation Bulborb is a new enemy that appears in Pikmin: Decayed Leaf. The creature, despite its radical appearance from most bulborbs, is a member of the grub-dog family. It has some similarities to a Bulborb Larva, but is actually a relative species of the Water Dumple. Although Carnation Bulborbs can come in a variety of different colors depending on where they appear, the creature's default coloration is pink. Carnation Bulborbs are large, rotund creatures with a dark, white-spotted rump and a lighter snout with nostrils. Unlike most grub-dogs, its mouth contains no fangs or even teeth, and it has two beady eyeballs with black sclera but no visible pupils.

Carnation Bulborbs spend most of their day sleeping. However, they do wake up near the very end of the day, slowly hopping around their territory. Carnation Bulborbs will also wake up if touched or attacked. An explosion from a bomb rock or the scream of a Dwarf Albino Bulborb will also awaken the creature. Once awake, the Carnation Bulborb will pursue any nearby Pikmin and leaders by slowly hopping towards them. Once they get close enough, they will lunge at them, having the ability to eat up to three Pikmin in one bite. If they miss, they will fall on their face before getting back up again. If there are no Pikmin left, or the squad leaves its territory, the Carnation Bulborb will turn back and go back to its territory, continuing its slumber. If attacked by Pikmin, the creature will jump into the air, shaking off any Pikmin. If further attacked, the creature will jump forward, flattening any Pikmin that were attacking it from the front. Carnation Bulborbs can not swim and tend to avoid water even if Blue Pikmin are in it.

Although unassuming, a Carnation Bulborb can be threatening due to its moderate health and sneaky jump attack. The best way of attacking the Bulborb is by charging Pikmin at its back. Unlike most other Bulborbs, the Carnation Bulborb can not be stopped in its tracks by attacking its eyes, as the creature lacks any eyestalks or vital points. Using Rock Pikmin can also guarantee safety, as they can’t be flattened by the Bulborb's jump. The Carnation Bulborb is also very weak to fast-moving Pikmin due to its relatively lower speed. The creature can not turn as fast as most Bulborbs, so the squad can easily flank its rear and attack it from there. Baiting the creature to eat a bomb rock can also work, and White Pikmin can easily poison it, killing the creature. Once defeated, it will let out a moan before flipping onto its back, perishing. Some Carnation Bulborbs may spit out pellets depending on the place they’re found, being able to drop pellets up to the number five.

In Overlord mode, a Carnation Bulborb has much more health and moves slightly faster. Along with this, they can also jump backward if attacked from the back.


  • P3 Data file icon.png Data file #1: Carnation Bulborbs come in a variety of different colors depending on their environment.
  • P3 Data file icon.png Data file #2 (Overlord mode): Be careful; a Carnation Bulborb will act accordingly when you begin to strike its backside!

Olimar's notes

This strange species of grub-dog seems to be a relative of the Water Dumple. Lacking the legs necessary for movement, this creature hops around to get by instead. Due to its slow and ineffective way of hunting, the Carnation Bulborb is a scavenger and omnivore, feeding off of other kills and plants. It thrives more near easy-to-access plants, like Clovers. However, the Carnation Bulborb will not be afraid to exert more force to get more nutritional food like berries or pellets.

Louie's notes

Each color of this beast seems to have a different flavor... of fruit! Choose your favorite and use it in your next smoothie to add flavor and protein!

President’s notes

This creature looks soft! I wonder what would happen if I took a slain one and turned it into a beanbag... Hopefully it’d fix my back pains from waking around all day!

Overlord’s thoughts

These lazy blobs are Bulborbs, apparently! Took me a minute to figure out. I sometimes feed these guys the scraps from my dinner, they seem to eat anything you give them. Maybe I’ll start a catering company for Carnation Bulborbs. Protecting the ecosystem doesn’t really give you a paycheck...

In Pikmin: Wide World

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Carnation Bulborb The icon used to represent this enemy.
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Family Grub-dog
Areas Balmy Highlands
Weight 8
Max. carriers 16
Seed worth 8
Poko value P3 Poko icon.png × 6
Sparklium worth P4 Sparklium icon.png × 6
Battle point value P3 Soul icon.png × 30
Attacks Eats Pikmin

The Carnation Bulborb is a rather bizarre member of the grub-dog family appearing in Pikmin: Wide World. No dwarf variant of it is encountered, though it does resemble oversized, mutated Bulborb Larvae in both general appearance and behavior. They typically sleep on land, away from other creatures, and awaken upon being touched or injured, or hearing a sound loud enough to rouse them from their slumber. While awake, it will pursue nearby Pikmin and leaders, trying to eat them, until they flee its territory. Any leaders it bites down on will be chewed up and then forcibly spat out alongside any Pikmin in its mouth at the time. When prey is no longer around, the creature will attempt to return to a spot near its original resting position to resume its slumber.

Carnation Bulborbs are mainly pink in coloration, giving them their name. They are the size and shape of most other bulborbs, but lack legs and thus are forced to lurch along the ground to move. The face of a Carnation Bulborb is a much lighter hue of pink than its white-spotted backside. Unlike other grub-dogs, the beady black eyes of the Carnation Bulborb are poorly developed. Carnation Bulborbs also lack fangs, but they have no problem swallowing Pikmin whole and biting leaders.

The optimal method of defeating a Carnation Bulborb is to charge Pikmin at its backside while it is sleeping, which is much more effective than throwing them. Attacking one head-on can be difficult since its eyes are so small that Pikmin can't target them specifically as a weakness. However, it moves quite slowly while awake, so attacking it should be no problem no matter the circumstance. Upon defeat, a Carnation Bulborb briefly convulse before flipping onto its back and going limp.

In ultra-spicy difficulty, the Carnation Bulborb will awaken when so much as approached. Additionally, it will lunge forward while it takes a bite, catching any Pikmin and leaders in its path in its mouth.


  • PWW Data file icon.png Data file #1 (all difficulties): Carnation Bulborbs may look cute and harmless, but they are best left alone.
  • PWW Data file icon.png Data file #2 (all difficulties): Trying to attack the Carnation Bulborb's eyes is futile since they're so underdeveloped.
  • PWW Data file icon.png Data file #3 (ultra-spicy difficulty only): Dodge out of the way of the Carnation Bulborb's bites. They can be devastating.

Olimar's comments

PWW Captain Olimar icon.png The carnation bulborb stands out from other grub-dogs in a few ways biologically. It has a charming and gentle coloration, which makes it easy to see. Its skin is also surprisingly silky. Its eyes are small and underdeveloped, meaning it has poor eyesight. However, its eye size also prevents creatures from specifically targeting them. Perhaps the most striking feature of the carnation bulborb is its lack of legs; it must crawl along the ground to reach prey, whereupon it will devour them whole with its big mouth. It is unfortunate that this species seems so rare, but maybe evolution may soon benefit this creature.

Shacho's comments

PWW President icon.png What eye-catching creatures! I'm sure people on Hocotate will pay quite a bit to have a skin of their own as a tablecloth. It's pretty, pink, and soft. Who wouldn't want one?

Marie's comments

PWW Marie icon.png Carnation bulborbs are adorable and are as loveable as they look. I was so charmed by them when I first saw them. Carnation bulborbs make for low-maintenance pets, but they do love chomping things, even their owner's hands! Not hard, of course, but in the form of love nibbles. Just be ready to scold it if it can't help but get a little overzealous in returning affections.

Louie's comments

PWW Louie icon.png The meat of this creature is sweet and scrumptious, so even simply cooking the meat by itself will yield a satisfying meal.

Dolphin Lander's comments

PWW Dolphin Lander icon.png What a strange, cute, and unique bulborb! I just feel bad for them because of how they look, but they seem to be surviving well enough. Maybe we'll find other adorable creatures just like this one...